salus populi suprema lex esto

the welfare of the people is to be the highest law


From Cicero's De Legibus, book III, part III, sub. VIII. Quoted by John Locke in his Second Treatise, On Civil Government, to describe the proper organization of government. Also the state motto of Missouri.


  • salushealth, help or assistance, safety, salutation, salvation, well, wellness, wholeness
  • populipeople
  • lexagreement, covenant, law, statute